Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy on Wednesday night said “you have to wonder” if Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is working for terrorists, criminal cartels and sex traffickers after the freshman lawmaker suggested she was open to dissolving the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“We’re looking at someone who basically wants to give you the wish list for terrorists, the wish lists for criminal cartels and sex traffickers,” Campos-Duffy said. “You have to wonder, is she working for them or the American people?”
Ocasio-Cortez told “The New Yorker Radio Hour” that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “and, frankly, the entire Department of Homeland Security” are “very large threats to American civil liberties.”
When asked if she would also work to remove DHS, the New York Democrat said, “I think so.”
“I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did,” she replied. “I feel like it is a very qualified and supported position, at least in terms of evidence and in terms of being able to make the argument that we never should have created DHS in the early 2000s.”
“We have seen people from terrorist countries come across, from hostile countries come across the border from Africa, from the Middle East,” Campos-Duffy claimed.
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters earlier this year that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had stopped nearly 4,000 “known or suspected terrorists” at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018.
A State Department report from 2018 found “no credible evidence indicating that international terrorist groups have established bases in Mexico, worked with Mexican drug cartels or sent operatives via Mexico into the United States.”
Fox News political analyst Juan Williams noted that Ocasio-Cortez has spoken out about the poor conditions being reported on from migrant detention centers along the border.
“Let me just also point out she recently had to deal with Customs and Border Patrol postings on Facebook the were deeply offensive, disrespectful, not only of her as a member of Congress but they derided her,” Williams said, referring to two private Facebook groups linked to CBP agents that included derogatory posts mocking her and mocking dead migrants.
“Those postings are nothing that anybody would defend, they were completely disgusting,” Fox News host Martha McCallum said. “However, she went down there, border agents said, and yelled in their faces.”